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precautious (priːˈkɔːʃəs) 



  1. taking precautions or actions to avoid dangerous or undesirable events

precaution (prɪˈkɔːʃən Pronunciation for precaution



  1. an action taken to avoid a dangerous or undesirable event
  2. caution practised beforehand; circumspection

Derived Forms

preˈcautionary, preˈcautional adjective
preˈcautious adjective

Word Origin

C17: from French, from Late Latin praecautiō, from Latin praecavēre to guard against, from prae before + cavēre to beware

Example Sentences Including 'precautious'

"I wouldn't say I was conned, that wouldn't be fair - we both weren't 100 per cent precautious.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Presently he found he was used to what had happened, and less worried than he had thought: he must simply be precautious , always alert.
Harvey, John Coup d'Etat
`From what we know it is not necessary that anything more than usual precautious need to be taken.
Misc (1995)


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